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Director of Early Childhood Education
Worcester JCC
633 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609

Principal Responsibilities:

Director of Early Childhood Education

The Worcester JCC is seeking a visionary educator to become the Director of Early Childhood Education who will build upon our high level of quality and success. The Director will possess creativity, energy, passion, and strong management skills to actively promote a comfortable and nurturing environment where every child, teacher and family is treated with dignity and respect in a friendly, personalized manner. Jewish holidays and weekly Shabbat are an important part of the curriculum and as are the big ideas and values.Although the Director is not required to be Jewish, we seek an individual who is comfortable in aligning themselves with the universal values that are reflected in every day practice in the Center.

Overall Responsibility

The Director of Early Childhood Education is responsible for the development and administration of all Early Childhood programming at the Worcester JCC. It is the responsibility of the Director to develop, inspire, implement, and lead a program rooted in best practices in Early Childhood Education, while integrating ideals from a variety of educational philosophies, frameworks, principles, and values. Through strategic thinking, direction, and mentoring, the Director must effectively supervise all aspects of implementing the Early Childhood Center programs in ways which are consistent with the vision, values, philosophy and goals of the Center.(See the end of the job description for the statement of philosophy and goals.)

The individual who serves in this position will function as an integral member of our senior management team. The Director's responsibilities include managing and leading the entire Early Childhood department while focusing on the following: program and curriculum development, staff supervision and development, relationships with parents and families, and administration.

The Director is under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer. The Director is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising teachers, program specialists, and administrative support staff.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Program and Curriculum Development

Staff Supervision and Development

Relationships with Parents and Families

Administration

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

Salary is commensurate with previous Early Childhood experience and educational background. Hiring is subject to completion of a background check, fingerprinting, criminal history record information, and a child abuse record information check.

If qualified, please send a cover letter detailing your experiences and educational approach and philosophy along with your resume to emily@worcesterjcc.org.

Agency Information:

About the Worcester JCC:

As a non-profit community service organization founded by leadership from the greater Worcester Jewish communities and built on the values of promoting healthy lifestyles, education, life-long learning, and charity in an environment that is safe, welcoming and respectful to all, the Worcester JCC has been a central part of Worcester and surrounding neighborhoods for over 70 years. The JCC provides people of all cultures and backgrounds with a welcoming place to be active, healthy, and engaged. It is a vital community center offering recreational, educational, and fitness programs that help improve the daily lives of children, adults, families, and seniors.

Offerings at the 80,000 square foot center include: accredited educational programs and summer day camps for preschool, youth, and teens; licensed after school programs, child care, and babysitting services; indoor and outdoor pools for aquatic recreation; a spa for massage therapy; a fitness center for cardio and strength training; over 50 fitness classes weekly; personal training and small group training; a variety of sports programs; lectures and discussion groups in literature, film, and the arts; monthly social programs; volunteering opportunities; and, local events and cultural trips. Learn more about our facilities by visiting WorcesterJCC.org.

Our Early Childhood Center Philosophy and Goals:

JCC Preschool/Toddler Program provides developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to socialize and learn together. Our primary objective is to foster the social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth of each child. Our child centered curriculum is built upon observing and understanding each child's individual skill and interest level and basing curriculum on those observations. By offering a curriculum that has a wide variety of experiences and activities we are encouraging curiosity and enthusiasm through exploration and discovery. Our nurturing atmosphere allows for development of self-confidence, self-respect and a concern for others. Additionally through play, children learn the values of friendship, honesty, sharing responsibility and cooperation. We strive to prepare children with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter their next stage of development and education with confidence and an enthusiasm for learning.

*Unique features within our curriculum are weekly swim instruction (Tuesday/Thursday), gym, cooking and music sessions.